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“Perfect location but Service could be improved”
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Royal Albion Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Umea, Sweden
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Perfect location but Service could be improved”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

This hotel is friendly and feels "family run". The location is excellent, overlooking the Viking Bay. The rooms are rather small and somewhat over furnished. Breakfast service was a little bit slow, but when the food finally arrived it tasted well. We left our towels on the floor to be changed, but the same ones were hanged back.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

An exellent traditional seaside town hotel,with friendly and attentive staff,ideally situated close to the seafront. Our room ( which we were upgraded to at no extra change ) enjoyed fine sea views, and was both comfortable and wel-appointed. Breakfast was also very good and certainly set you up for the day !

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

This is a jewel of a hotel in the hidden beautiful location of Broadstairs that the Victorians loved but thankfully as rail links aren't fantastic to it the area and the village is unspoilt and is steeped in the fantastic history of the town from its majestic 13th century Catholic church to it's Victorian built Bleak House with it's room where Charles Dickens wrote while looking over the panoramic view of Viking Bay and it's basement museum which tells many a tale about the smuggler's of the local areas.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

This was the first time that my husband and I had been to this hotel (in fact it was my first time in Broadstairs, though it turns out that my husband had been there as a child). We found it on the whole a lovely hotel. We had room 26 on the second floor (beware, there is no lift, but we had been warned about this when we booked - the old building is not suitable for a lift) which was a lovely large room with a fantastic sea view. Everything about the room was nice - comfortable, very good and large double bed, plenty of cupboard/shelf space, good bathroom (with bath), plus tea and coffee making facilities. Because we were there with my sister and her husband and my 93-year-old mother (who was in a smaller first-floor room), we ate all our meals in the hotel. The breakfasts were enormous (if you went for the lot), though the coffee at the coffee bar was in a different league (much better) to the coffee available for breakfast to people actually staying in the hotel. My husband and I paid the extra for the better coffee! The dinners were good, if limited in selection, as were lunches. The total failure was the Sunday lunch roast beef - the beef was tough and overdone. I would have done better to go with the bar menu (which my husband and sister did). Another time, if we were on our own, I would eat out more - apparently the Italian restaurant right next door is good. The staff were overall extremely helpful and nice. We all found Broadstairs delightful - the main centre is very small, but the beach and cliffside walks etc were wonderful. Perhaps there wouldn't be enough for young people to do, but we loved it. We weren't there for shopping which we can do when we are at home!!

Room Tip: The rooms at the front all have wonderful sea views, while first floor front rooms have a wooden ver...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

We have often visited the Royal Albion during the day for snacks or drinks but had our first stay here in October 2013. It certainly lived up to our expectations. Our room was clean, well decorated with beautiful sea views. The en-suite bathroom was compact but sufficient for us. We had lunch, dinner and breakfast here and all meals were very good. The staff here are all very polite, helpful and friendly. Have already booked to return next year.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We were given room 34,at the top of the hotel which was up 49 steep stairs, not good for old knees.(no lift) When we got there the room was very small, especially for a double. The bathroom in contrast was fine (and large). If we had known about the room before, we would not have booked. The reception staff seemed almost to expect complaints about this room. We were told that if we had booked directly with the hotel, rather than through an internet site we would not have been given this room. On the positive side the hotel is in a magnificent position overlooking the bay. Breakfasts were good, and the man who served us was excellent, helpful and attentive.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

Visited for a weekend break. Very relaxing. Room lovely, staff friendly and helpful. Food fantastic. We had dinner in the restaurant really good quality food reasonable prices. Breakfast cooked fresh. Lovely. Looking forward to coming back again.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Royal Albion Hotel

Property: Royal Albion Hotel
Address: 6-12 Albion Street, Broadstairs CT10 1AN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Isle of Thanet > Broadstairs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Albion Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape from the everyday and step into a beautiful Kentish seaside retreat. Standing proudly on the Broadstairs seafront since 1776 and a former residence of Charles Dickens, The Royal Albion offers much more than your average seaside experience. Steeped in history but featuring a 21st century approach to comfort, enjoyment and relaxation. With its elegant literary heritage, fresh sea air and awe-inspiring views, The Royal Albion creates an atmosphere that makes it the ideal place to unwind, rejuvenate and take time out. The Royal Albion has 21 elegant and spacious bedrooms to choose from. Whether you are looking out over the stunning Kentish coastline or the historic town of Broadstairs, the views are stunning. All the rooms are designed to ensure your break in this seaside destination is one to remember. When it comes to dining, you'll be spoilt for choice too. Enjoy freshly ground coffee and home-baked pastries throughout the day in Ballard's coffee lounge, and delicious dishes made using only the best locally sourced ingredients in the main bar featuring a large terrace and landscaped garden whilst enjoying commanding views across Viking Bay. For a more intimate dining experience, the a la carte restaurant with beautiful sea views, is the perfect place. With a menu based on the finest seasonal ingredients and freshly caught seafood, you can be assured of a dining experience to remember. The Royal Albion is in the ideal location from which explore the very best that the Kentish coast has to offer. Wander the beaches and clear the cobwebs just as Dickens did over 170 years ago, or simply take time out to appreciate your well-earned break. ... more   less 
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